An unidentified hacker claimed to have obtained the full source code of Twitch, as well as user payment data. On Wednesday, the person uploaded a 125GB torrent link to 4chan, claiming that the leak was meant to “foster further disruptions and competitiveness in the online video streaming space” since “their community is a nasty, toxic cesspool.” Video Games Chronicle (VGC) can confirm that the files referenced on 4chan are freely available for download, as indicated by the unidentified hacker. According to an anonymous business insider, the stolen material is authentic, including the source code for Amazon’s streaming site. According to the insider, Twitch is conscious of the hack internally, and the information was stolen as recently as Monday.
Some Twitter users have been poring over the 125GB of material that has been released, with one saying that the torrent also contains encrypted passwords and is advising users to set up two-factor verification to be secure. Following the Twitch hack, users are encouraged to use two-factor authentication as well. The torrent is also said to contain Unity code for a videogame called Vapeworld, which looks to be chat application software on Amazon’s unannounced Steam rival Vapor. Similarly, Vapor, an alleged in-development Steam competitor, is said to include several of Twitch’s features into a custom game shop.
Finally, the stolen records purportedly indicate that prominent broadcasters such as Shroud, Nickmercs, and DrLupo have made millions of dollars from their work with the popular streaming site. The unknown cyber thief has said that this is only the first portion of the content that has been released but has not revealed what else the individual wants to disclose. Twitch is frequently chastised by producers and users who believe the service does not take strong enough action against troublesome members of the streaming community. In reaction to hate raids, a group of Twitch players called on other channels and users to boycott the platform for 24 hours last month.
VGC did not download the whole torrent, although it does include 125GB of material. Twitch released a posting on Twitter the day the campaign was revealed, saying that it was working to curb hate raids but that it was not an “easy remedy.” “No one should be subjected to vicious and hateful assaults because of who they were or what they stand for,” the statement said. “This is not the Twitch culture we need, and we want you to understand that we are working very hard to make Twitch a safer environment for artists. Hate spam assaults are the consequence of highly motivated evil actors, and there is no simple solution.
Your complaints have aided us in taking action – we’ve been constantly upgrading our sitewide prohibited word filters to help avoid variants on vile slurs, and we’ve been deleting bots when they’ve been detected. “For months, we’ve been working on channel-level ban evasion identification and account enhancements to prevent this nefarious conduct. Unfortunately, as we concentrate on alternatives, bad actors work in tandem to discover ways through them, which is why we can’t always provide details.”